It’s been a long time since we all could go to a festival. It makes us forget the importance of putting together a packing checklist. However, it can be troublesome if something essential or important gets left behind. The stalls located inside the festival arena would charge you a lot for the same items in the name of convenience. Plus, it can be really daunting to leave the festival to buy something from outside.
To help festival goers avoid such hassles, we share a definitive essential packing guide in this article. Before we get to a list of common essentials, let’s start with the most essential items you simply cannot forget to carry with you.
The most essential
Needless to say, there are things that are more important than anything else you need to bring with you to the festival and this includes the following:
- Mobile phone – you may want to keep something basic that doesn’t take up much charge and helps you stay connected with your friends and family
- Your wallet and ID
- Cash to buy things
- Festival tickets
Hygiene and toiletries
It may not be easy to take care of your hygiene at the festival without having a bag full of all the essential toiletries.
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes – when you are unable to take a shower these might come in handy
- A roll of toilet paper
- A microfiber towel – dries quickly, absorbs more water, and takes a very small space in your bag compared to your regular towels
- Dry shampoo
- Toothbrush and paste
- Deodorant or perfume
- Sanitary pads
- The list above contains only the most basic items. You may want to add anything else that you find important for your day-to-day hygiene.
You should always be prepared for the unexpected to happen. In order to ensure you don’t get caught out in an emergency situation, you should keep the following medical supplies in your bag ready to go:
- Medications – This includes any medications you are taking on a regular basis and also any emergency ones you may need
- Painkillers – to be used in case of an injury bruise or an accident
- Mini first aid kit – you can find this at a local store or also make your own
- Contraceptives and/or sanitary pads – even if you may not use them, it’s good to keep them, just in case you need them
The big list of essentials
These items can make the difference between having a good time and a nightmare:
- Eye mask – having a good night’s sleep is just as important as enjoying the festival
- Ear plugs – you may want to cut out the noise sometimes
- Portable charger – this will come in handy when you are unable to locate a charging point for your phone
- Torch or flashlight – to navigate the festival Arena when it’s dark
- Portable speakers for music
- Camera and/or selfie stick to record all the fun times
- Phone charging cables
- Spare batteries for your gadgets
- Water bottle – it’s more convenient to fill your bottle from a tap than buy packaged drinking water
- Sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun
- Poncho or raincoat – weather can be unpredictable, so better be prepared for some rain showers
- Reusable cup and straw for all the drinks you will enjoy at the festival
- A belt bag to safely keep your wallet flashlight and mobile phone always within reach
- A Walking stick seat – the convenience they offer for festival-goers is worth a mention. You can sit anywhere you want, without having to look for a proper place to seat yourself. These days you can easily find something with a funky design and order it online from a reputable seller.
Clothing and footwear
Even though the summertime is when most festivals are organised, you should be prepared for just about any kind of weather. When packing your clothes, make sure you include:
- Warm clothing like sweaters hoodies or sweatshirts
- T-shirts pajamas or shorts for a hot afternoon
- Don’t forget to pack your flip flops, trainers or boots, depending on your choice of footwear, something that won’t matter if they got ruined during the festival
Perhaps you don’t want to sleep at a hotel nearby the festival site and want to enjoy camping instead. In that case, you will find this camping essential checklist useful.
- A tent – needless to say, it should have sufficient space for you and your backpack, at least.
- Inflatable air mattress and an air pump – sleeping on the ground may not be as comfy as you think
- Sleeping bag or blanket to keep you warm and comfortable
- Trash bags to clean up your tent and dispose of the trash
We hope this article helped you realise what all needs to go in your backpack and why. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for your next festival. Have fun and stay safe!